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Wisconsin governor vetoes human cloning ban

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle [official website] on Thursday vetoed a ban on human cloning [PDF bill text]. Doyle promised a veto [JURIST report] in September after the bill passed in the state assembly [JURIST report] and senate. In a statement [text] Thursday, Doyle said "The real purpose of this bill is to restrict stem cell research, which holds enormous potential for our state as well as the promise of curing juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson’s disease." He pointed out that the US Food and Drug Administration has already prohibited human cloning. The University of Wisconsin-Madison [biotech research homepage] is a world leader in stem cell research, and Doyle promised that "Wisconsin will remain at the forefront of stem cell research." The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more; UW-Madison's Daily Cardinal has additional coverage.

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